Another war, another Waste Land, and another Lost Generation.
“In our bank we have people doing work like robots,” [Deutsche Bank CEO John Cryan] said. “Tomorrow we will have robots behaving like people. It doesn’t matter if we as a bank will participate in these changes or not, it is going to happen.”
The “terms and conditions” reckoning is coming, Bloomberg Business reports. New European Union privacy rules go into effect in May. They require among other things much less opaque end user agreements. This combined with the backlash against Facebook for the misuse of data by Cambridge Analytica and some recent, specific actions by companies like Paypal […]
“Looking to Listen at the Cocktail Party” is Google’s “deep learning audio-visual model for isolating a single speech signal from a mixture of sounds such as other voices and background noise,” as reported on the Google Research blog. In this work, we are able to computationally produce videos in which speech of specific people is […]
Mark Zuckerberg’s former personal pollster is out with new numbers showing that around 54 million Americans believe Facebook has a negative impact on society. They rank it slightly better than Marlboro cigarettes, but worse than McDonald’s fast food. Recode has the story: “In the U.S. obviously we’re very focused on election interference, and in the […]
Europe divided over robot “personhood,” Politico reports: The battle goes back to a paragraph of text, buried deep in a European Parliament report from early 2017, which suggests that self-learning robots could be granted “electronic personalities.” Such a status could allow robots to be insured individually and be held liable for damages if they go rogue and […]
We’re concerned about who gets access to our information, yes. But as yesterday’s Senate hearing revealed, we’re also concerned about many other ways Facebook is impacting our lives. We’re worried our children are becoming addicted to it. We’re concerned it’s quantifying and minimizing important relationships, and leaving us less connected. We are horrified by the […]
The Mozilla Foundation released its inaugural Internet Health Report, VentureBeat reports. Among the pressing issues identified with respect to ensuring an open, healthy internet is the dominance of tech giants, both in the west and in China, the report states. Though tech giants in the U.S. and companies like Alibaba and Tencent in China have […]